Messiah’s Hope – Meditations on Psalm 22 (Part 2 of 2)

In case you missed it, here is Part 1. (Context: Looking at the connection between David’s Psalm and the parallels to the suffering, rejection, and crucifixion of Christ. Part 2 continues this trend, yet also looks at the prophesied resurrection of Messiah.) “You lay me in the dust of death” (Psalm 22:15b) is such an important phrase, […]

Messiah’s Sorrow – Meditations on Psalm 22 (Part 1 of 2)

Psalm 22 is unquestionably one of the clearest and most powerful prophetic passages of Messiah in the Psalms, even in the whole of the Old Testament. While other impressive prophetic passages such as Isaiah 53 and Daniel 7:13-8 are very precise in their description of Messiah in His suffering and glorification, Psalm 22 describes what […]

Polycarp: “Bring On Your Beasts” (Devotional)

Reading: Mark 8 (Context: Jesus continues to travel around in Northern Israel, where he heals many, and feeds 4,000 people with bread and fish. The “Great Confession” of Peter also takes place here, when he recognizes Jesus as the long-awaited Messiah. Ironically, this is followed directly by a “Great Deception”, if you will–he tells Jesus […]

“Lord, Help Me!” (Devotional)

Today’s Reading: Matthew 15 (Context: Jesus lays into the Pharisees once again, calling them legalistic hypocrites, more akin to blind men on a treacherous walk than to trained leaders. Jesus then, perhaps looking for a little “time off”, heads to Decapolis and to the area of Tyre and Sidon, the Northern Greek section of Israel. There Jesus, seemingly […]

A Slave to Pride (Devotional)

Today’s Reading: Matthew 1-2. (Context: Geneology and birth of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. Within two years there comes a visit from distinguished and learned men of the East, the “three wise men”, as we call them, who arrive to look upon and visit the King from heaven.) The story of the Three Wise Men (their […]

Longing for a Son (Daily Devotional)

Today’s Reading: Genesis 15. (Context: Abram is now a wealthy and immensely blessed man, yet he still desires one thing that his “money cannot buy”. A son. It is just this that God promises him, a son to him and his wife Sarah, both well-past their natural abilities to have children. Only a miracle could change such a circumstance.) It’s […]

The Pit, the Pendulum, and the “Logos” (Daily Devotional)

Today’s Reading: John 1. I wish to briefly reference both Edgar A. Poe and Plato today, that they may help us grasp the meaning of the Apostle John in John 1.  The verses of particular importance here are in John 1: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word […]